Thinner carseats for fitting side-by-side in suv with access to third row

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Registered: 10-05-2010
Thinner carseats for fitting side-by-side in suv with access to third row
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Wed, 07-25-2012 - 1:57am

First time on this board as I usually post on marriage boards, but I think this question is definitely geared towards you fellow moms with medium size families.

I have 4 kids and we finally succumbed to a minivan when I was pregnant with #4 for easy access in and out with so many little ones. Now I am back to work full time and have to commute about 60 miles a day (round trip thankfully) and so I want to get rid of monstrous minivan (hubby has a full size pick up so not an option for us to switch) and get a smaller suv (really liking Mazda CX-9).

The problem is that Britax seats that we have are way too bulky to be able to sit next to each other in second row for younger two and hang over the seat that lifts for access to third row. We love safety of Britax (had an accident at 50mph and all little ones came out without a scratch), but they're just too bulky to meet family needs for now. Probably going to keep them though when we get rid of hubby's ridiculous pick and get full size suv for family road trips. New seats would be used for school/day care pick ups and such and car would be mainly used for commuting without children in tow.

My sister in law has had luck with Graco seats, but was wondering if anyone have any less popular brands that we should try or tips from experience with Mazda SUVs since that is what I'm really leaning towards right now.

 

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Registered: 09-07-2000
You're right. The Britax seats are really bulky, but we loved ours. Now, we have the Radian. It's made by Diono. It's a narrower seat that will allow you to fit three across. Actually, if you want to get 3 across in most vehicles, it seems like one seat needs to be a Radian. When DS was born, Britax was THE seat to have. Now, that's not really the case because there are so many alternatives out there that are just as safe but aren't as expensive. The Radians are expensive, though. I got a great deal on ours for barely under $200.

You might want to post this one to the Car Seats board. The ladies there know more about what's out there than I do. Here's the link in case you'd like to run this by them: http://forums.ivillage.com/ivillage/?category.id=iv-ppcarseats
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Registered: 10-05-2010

Thanks for the tips! I will definitely check those seats out and will head over to the other board for some more advice. 

Greatly appreciated!

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Registered: 12-16-2003
SInce my kids are teens, I have no clue anymore. But since you have older kids, are booster seats an option for them?

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!